March 14, 2018
Stomping Grounds is a free monthly open stage event for young creatives to develop performance, curation, and exhibition skills while connecting to the Chicago creative community. Hosted by Free Write Arts & Literacy in collaboration with Kuumba Lynx and Elephant Rebellion. Sign up to perform is on a first come first serve basis – so come on time!
This months feature performers – Calid B.
Calid B. is a Chicago based producer/emcee that is pioneering his own sound in which he describes as Afrobang. After making his mark in the industry as a manager for BrandUn DeShay, and an ad man at some of the world’s top ad agencies, this time around Calid is ready to share his musical talents in more of a lead role.
Afrobang is inspired by his upbringing which is firmly rooted in what it means to be a black man in America today, but also reaches back to his father’s Cote D’Ivoirian origins. The energy behind Afrobang fuses together contemporary hip hop production elements like trap drums, synths, and 808s with the tribal percussions and chants from west Africa. However, Afrobang is more than music – it is a necessary culture and a community that Calid plans on cultivating.
Afrobang Vol. 3000 is the first EP of a series that Calid B. plans to release. It includes features from Chicago stand outs Sam Trump, Adad, and Cori Munro, in addition to a rap debut from the Party Noire collective.